Davies Mugadza is a Zimbabwean radio personality who is believed to be Dr Zobha. Mugadza has presented on Power FM, YaFM and Star FM.

Davies Mugadza
Born Davies Mugadza
Occupation
  • Radio Personality
Known for Being a radio personality.

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Background

Mugadza was born in 1976 at Mpilo Hospital in Bulawayo.[1]

Education

He went to Mckertain Primary school and Gifford High school before training as a diesel plant mechanic with Delta in Harare. Soon after completing his apprenticeship he didn't practise for long at Delta as he joined radio as a DJ.[1]

Career

Mugadza worked for Delta Beverages. While at Delta Mugadza had a friend, Darlington Chamisa who wanted to be a DJ at the then Radio 3 but his car broke down and they decided to use his car to Pockets Hills for auditions in 1996. In an interview he mentioned that he became a DJ by mistake.

Said Mugadza:

As we were waiting for my friend's turn I just decided to also have a go at the mic and the rest is history so to speak. Unfortunately my friend did not make it.

The one minute auditions which came after the top 20 show by Kudzi Marudza were conducted by Admire Taderera and Mugadza passed with flying colours and was told to report for work together with Witness Matema and Bridget Gavanga. Mugadza told Masvingo Mirror that at that point in time there had been no new recruitments at the station after the departure of DJ Eunice Goto and others. While at Power FM Mugadza was known as Cool Moe Dee. Mugadza, Gavanga and Tendai Chakanyuka were the pioneers of the 24hr shift that was introduced at Radio 3 then and that is the time they made their names.

In 2000 Radio 3 relocated to Gweru and some senior DJs were not happy with the move but Mugadza did not leave and he was promoted to executive producer in charge of programming. In Gweru he was on air between 12am and 3am and the station became popular but business wise it was a disaster hence the relocation back to Harare in 2009. Mugadza is credited with transforming the morning show on Power FM from 2004 when he introduced two DJs for the show, Dr Zobha and Gavanga.

In 2012 he was chosen to be the DJ for Big Brother Africa eviction party in South Africa. In 2103 he was invited to MTV Beach party in Mauritius as guest DJ and every year he is invited to play there as the organisers were impressed by the veteran DJ's performance.

He left Power FM in 2015 for Zvishavane's YaFM where he was head of programming. He trained young DJs like Quintine Songola aka DJ Que, Audrey Ngwenya popularly known as Hot Property and Teriffic.[1] He left YaFM for Star FM in 2016. At Star FM he became known as Diva Dollar and co-hosts “Fired Up neStorm” with Tich Mataz. The show airs every Saturday on the 3-2-6 show. Besides the “Fired Up neStorm”, he also co-hosts the Loony Breakfast Club every weekend alongside King of Insanity — Tapiwa "Daywalker" Musoni. The programme features the Call Box segment where they prank unsuspecting listeners live on radio. He also has a shift every Mondays from 9pm to midnight where he plays what he calls dance and romance classics.[2]

Being Dr Zobha

A 2009 court case over maintenance saw a woman named Vimbainashe Ngara declaring under oath that Mugadza is Dr Zobha. However Mugadza denied the claims and said that his ex-girlfriend had spoken out of emotions. Mugadza has in the past appeared in public with a character purported to be Dr Zobha but most people believe he hires someone to go behind the mask for such public stunts.

He has done so at Harare Agricultural Show, Zimbabwe International Trade Fair.[3]



Controversies

In 2014 he was convicted of flouting the Maintenance Act. He has a son with his former girlfriend, Vimbainashe Ngara. Mugadza neglected to maintain his child resulting in Ngara dragging him to court.

In 2010, Mugadza was ordered by the Harare civil court to pay $160 per month towards the maintenance of his child. He was ordered to pay his son’s school fees and buy clothes for the boy twice a year. Despite the court order, he defaulted resulting in arrears of $669. Mugadza pleaded guilty when he appeared before Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe who said as a first offender it was unfair to send the DJ to prison.

He then sentenced him with a two months prison term which was wholly suspended on condition he pays the money on or before November 28 2014. In mitigation Mugadza pleaded for the court's leniency arguing that he was married with six children who looked up to him.[4]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 DJ Mugadza; getting a job in the most unusual way, Masvingo Mirror, published: June 5, 2016, retrieved: June 28, 2017
  2. I’m now a Star: Diva Dollar, Gemnation, published: November 7, 2016, retrieved: June 28, 2017
  3. Another test for Dr Zobha, Herald, published: August 7, 2015, retrieved: June 28, 2017
  4. Top radio personality escapes jail over maintenance, NewZimbabwe.com, published: October 31, 2014, retrieved: June 28, 2017

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